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Meet the Island Trees School Board Candidates

Friday, 07 May 2010 00:00

The Island Trees Board of Education has two seats open for election for the 2010/11 school year. Vice President Carl Bonsignore’s three-year term has expired and he has decided not to run for re-election. President Peter Ray’s three-year term has also expired and he has also decided not to run for re-election. Running for vice president are William Buchanan, Barbara Medellin and George Storm. Running for president are Kristen Daum and Brian Kelty. The Levittown Tribune has asked them a series of questions. Their answers appear below in alphabetical order for their respective positions.


Island Trees High School Names Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Friday, 30 April 2010 00:00

Valedictorian Roohi Maini and Salutatorian Guiseppe Ferraro

Island Trees High School proudly announces the valedictorian and salutatorian of the Class of 2010. Valedictorian Roohi Maini and Salutatorian Guiseppe Ferraro embody all of the distinct qualities necessary for success in their promising futures. Both of these accomplished scholars exercise their talents both in the classroom and in their communities.

Warm, intelligent and enthusiastic, Roohi approaches life’s challenges with a positive attitude. It is her ability to balance hard work and the active pursuit of her academic goals with that of her desire to be involved and make a difference in her school community, that sets her apart as a unique student.


Two Boys Arrested in Connection With Division Avenue Field Arson

Written by Rachel Shapiro Friday, 30 April 2010 00:00

Superintendent: We Will Prosecute to the Fullest Extent of the Law

The Nassau County Police Arson/Bomb Squad recently announced the arrest of two males, ages 11 and 12, in connection with a fire that was set to the Division Avenue High School football field concession stand on Jan. 3.

According to police, who have been looking for tips on the fire that they ruled arson, the two youngsters were arrested on April 22 and will be charged with Arson 4th Degree. The youths will be charged as Juvenile Delinquents and will appear in Family Court.


Letter: The Perspective of the Island Trees Teachers

Friday, 23 April 2010 00:00

With such controversy and propaganda circulating throughout the Island Trees Community, the United Teachers of Island Trees would like to take this opportunity to express some opinions and concerns with the hope of adding some clarity and comfort to the many families that we impact. We realize that it is quite uncommon for us to feel a need to communicate in this manner but we also feel that remaining silent would only perpetuate some of the negativity that currently exists.


Meet the Candidates for the IT Library Trustee Positions

Friday, 23 April 2010 00:00

On Tuesday, April 27 from 1 to 9 p.m. residents of the Island Trees School District will vote on the Island Trees Public Library budget as well as choose two trustees for the two open positions. One trustee position is for a one-year term, the other is for a five-year term. The election is at-large and the candidate who receives the most votes will attain the five-year position and the candidate with the second most votes will hold the one-year position.


Bullying That Reaches Far Beyond the Playground

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 23 April 2010 00:00

‘Cyberbullying’ Experts and Local Politicians

Weigh in on a Growing Issue

Before the advent of the Internet, bullying occurred in the lunchroom, on the playground and even in the classroom. It usually involved a bigger child picking on a smaller child by calling them names or roughhousing. This type of behavior is manageable and can be dealt with immediately.

Now, bullying is broadcast on a much larger scale. It has taken the form of sentences and comprised words. It has turned into a blog-post, a video or a Facebook status update.


IT School Board Votes for Budget With 3.5 Percent Tax Levy Increase

Written by Rachel Shapiro Friday, 16 April 2010 00:00

20 Teachers to Be Cut, Princeton Model

Adopted for Elementary Schools

The Island Trees School Board recently voted to approve a 2010/11 budget with a 3.5 percent tax levy increase, a little less than Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy has recommended.

The board voted against the budget that called for a 3.9 percent tax levy increase, saying the 3.5 percent was a more fiscally responsible number and has more of a chance at passing in a district vote on May 18.


The ELIJA School: Empowering Long Island’s Journey Through Autism

Written by Rachel Shapiro Friday, 16 April 2010 00:00

Levittown School Serves as a Model


For Educating Autistic Children

From Monday, April 5 through Friday April 9, volunteers from the community lent a helping hand to The ELIJA School in Levittown for Autism Awareness Week. They painted the inside and outside of the building, weeded the flowerbeds, planted flowers and removed clutter, all in the name of philanthropy and community building.

Debora Harris and Nicole Dibra founded The ELIJA School in 2006, a school dedicated to improving the quality of education for children with autism. The school, whose name stands for Empowering Long Island’s Journey Through Autism, held its week-long event to spruce up the building and grounds but also to connect with the community and reach out to residents.


Former Island Trees Teacher Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges

Written by Rachel Shapiro Friday, 09 April 2010 00:00

Sentence May Be Lessened

After Cooperation With Officials

Less than a year after he was arrested and charged with child pornography trafficking, former Island Trees Memorial Middle School science teacher Richard Hartig, a Lindenhurst resident, has pled guilty to the charges.


Levittown Historical Society, Museum: Bringing History Into Today

Written by Polly Dwyer Friday, 09 April 2010 00:00

The Levittown Historical Society is celebrating its 22nd anniversary and the Levittown Historical Museum’s 13th anniversary this month. The historical society continues to give the Levittown schools’ second-graders museum tours, showing them what life was like in early Levittown.


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